When my daughter was eleven, her friend’s father died. She and I went to the funeral, along with the rest of her girl scout troop and the other girls’ moms. At the end, the girls surrounded their grieving friend, gave hugs all around, and cried together. Then they ran to the bathroom together to talk about how they all looked when they were crying. And then they’d return to their friend to begin the cycle again.

I was fascinated to observe the girls do what women do so well–support each other.  From the hugging to the crying to the group trips to the bathroom, I felt like I was watching these girls become women right in front of me.

One of the things I love best about women is how we can understand and encourage each other. We can listen, we can share, and we can care.

And we can pray for each other.

Over the past week, I’ve known of quite a few women who have struggled on their journeys to rebuild and restore the intimacy in their marriages. I experienced this myself a few days ago. My heart is full of prayers for women in their marriages today.

Is there something we can pray about for you as you work toward improving your marriage? As you consider your next steps, what do you face? How can we ask God to encourage you and support you as you continue on your journey?

We can’t run to the bathroom with you or give you more than virtual hugs, but we can pray for our sisters.

Women, if you would like us to pray for you and your marriage, leave a reply.

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8 Thoughts on “The Prayers of Women

  1. trixie1466 on October 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm said:

    This is an awesome idea! I’ll start. Please pray that I find balance. Hope that’s not too generic.

  2. Please pray that my husband and I can communicate our emotions effectively and compassionately. We are in the midst of a hiccup, but we need this prayer constantly. Please pray that we rely on The Lord for grace and mercy. Thank you for this, Chris.

  3. Thank you so much for your commitment to marriages and bringing great topics to us. Praying that God would heal my husband’s heart from an affair I had years ago! He recently found out about it, and his forgiveness is of a man after God’s own heart, but there are setbacks. I wish I knew God to adjust my thinking then, but the evil of years ago is being made into a stronger, unified, loving, caring, deep relationship. Praise God! Thanks everyone so much!

  4. Christiner on October 4, 2013 at 9:32 am said:

    Thank you so much for your encouraging and helpful words. I pray that God continues to bless you as you bless others. Please pray for my husband and I. We are really struggling and are starting counseling together in a few weeks. We have difficulty communicating and because of my past sexual abuse I am working on learning to love him like he needs it and to step out of my comfort zone. Your blog has helped me tremendously!

  5. justme on October 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm said:

    Bonny took mine! *grins*
    We too need prayers for compassion in communication during a hiccup!

    Thank you!

  6. Wow, how hard is it to write out a prayer for courage…. I would appreciate prayer for courage to ‘be present in the moment’ more with DH and that I would learn to trust God fully with everything that I have been fearful of.

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  8. My marriage, family and finances. Pray my husband’s heart softens and he lets walls down, starts being the husband I need and father kids need.

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